November 10, 195 AC
LETTERS FROM DUO
(Sidefic series for the
Death and the Dragon Arc)
By: Mel and Christy
Duo finally finished his
sneezing fit, waited for the pretty sparkling stars in front of his eyes to
fade, then picked up the bowl of soup and glass of juice, and took it into the
safehouse's single bedroom where Quatre was still bundled up in
"Here, Q, breakfast... sorta. Eat all your soup and drink all your
juice like a good little boy. Granted, chicken soup isn't exactly breakfast
food, but it's supposed to be good for you," he said, putting the dishes on the
Quatre grumbled at the 'good little boy' comment. "I am not
good. I am not a little boy--"
"No, you're cranky, sarcastic and being a
pain in the ass, but I still like you. I'm going to email Sally, then run to the
drugstore and pick up some cold medicine. Stay put." Duo grinned, then doubled
over with another sneezing fit.
"Duo, you're sick, too. You shouldn't go
out in this weather. What if--" The blond was cut off by a series of nasty
coughs, and Duo rushed over to rub his back until they stopped.
the one trying to cough up a lung here, Q-bean. I'm fine. Eat. I'll be back
soon." With a parting grin, Duo was gone, and minutes later Quatre could hear
the sound of the laptop keys clicking.
09:01 November 10, 195AC
Quatre's sick and I'm not sure what to do
for him. You see, for the last couple of days we've been outside in the cold and
rain, spying on OZ troop movements. This morning we both woke up sick. I'm just
sneezing and coughing, but Q is congested, coughing, achy and running a
temperature of about 100 degrees. I'm going to get some cold meds from the
pharmacy, but I wanted to check with you first.
1) Is it starve a cold,
feed a fever? Or feed a cold, starve a fever? And is chicken soup really a
2) What cough syrup should I get, suppressant or
expectorant? And what brand is best? G gave me this grape flavoured stuff when I
was younger... it wasn't too bad. Do you know what that might have been? Q might
3) Which is better for aches and fever- aspirin, acetometaphen,
ibuprofen, panadol, marijuana, demerol... ok, maybe not the marijuana and
Of course, if you're in the area and want to make a house
call, I don't think we'd object. In fact, I know you're about one hour away from
us. So, if I apologise for everything un-nice I've ever said or thought about
you, would you please come check on Quatre? We're at safehouse 6 in Randolph-- a
little white cottage with grey shutters and front
Duo-- the Sneeze Man-- Maxwell
even feed you... we have lots of soup.
* * * * *
Sally raised an eyebrow at the
screen as she read. "He wouldn't," she muttered to herself as she came to the
'marijuana' comment. "No, on second thought, this is Duo we're talking about. If
he thought it would have any sort of positive effect, he would." She
sighed. "It looks like I'm making a house call... which is exactly what Duo was
asking for when he wrote this."
09:25 November 10, 195AC
SUBJECT: Re: AHHHH-CHOOOOO!
The apology for 'everything un-nice' isn't going to
hold much force if you keep giving me email addresses like that, you know. Watch
it, young man, or I'll take Quatre home with me to look after him and leave you
to suffer by yourself! Yes, all right, I'll make a house call. It sounds like
you need me.
Just to keep you from doing anything dangerous before I get
there, here's some answers to your questions.
1) Feed both. Starving just
reduces the resources the body has to fight infection with, and isn't a good
idea. And according to generations of Jewish grandmothers, yes, chicken soup
will cure anything, but modern medical science isn't so sure. It is nutritious
and easily digestible, though, so it's a good idea.
2) The sort of cough
syrup you need depends on what sort of cough you have, dry (suppressant) or
phlegmy (expectorant). It sounds like Quatre needs a bit more than a regular
cough syrup, though, and I'll bring some to dose you with as well, so don't
bother getting any.
3) Aspirin, usually, unless the person taking it has
a sensitivity to it. I'm pretty sure Quatre doesn't, so give him a couple, make
sure he gets plenty of fluids, and WAIT FOR ME TO GET THERE! I do *not* want the
sick medicating the sick, especially since you're both medically untrained
except for first-aid and simple emergency trauma
P.S. It's a good thing for you I like chicken
soup, or I might have left you both to live or die on your own. I remember what
you're like when you're sick!
P.P.S. No, I'm not mad or anything. And
I'll get your grape flavoured syrup.
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